Richard “Richie” R. Whitt is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Markel Corporation effective January 1, 2016. Mr. Whitt oversees the Company’s International and Reinsurance divisions as well as the Underwriting, Finance, Actuarial, Information Technology, Legal and administrative functions. Prior to his promotion Mr. Whitt was Markel’s President and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Whitt joined Markel in 1991 in finance and was promoted to Controller in 1994. He served in that role until 2001 when he assumed the position of Vice President, Treasurer and Controller. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Whitt was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Markel’s International operations. Then from 2005 to 2010, Mr. Whitt was Markel’s Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Whitt started with KPMG in their audit practice before joining Markel and holds the CPA and CPCU designations. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned a degree in Accounting and Information Systems.
His community activities include Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond; member of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Board of Trustees; and member of the Advisory Board for the Virginia Tech Department of Accounting and Information Systems.